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IMO issues guidance for ships delivery delays amid COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the several delays that has brought, IMO issued a guidance concerning the newbuild bulk carriers and oil tankers that were scheduled for delivery before 1st July 2020. Specifically, the guidance is particularly relevant to shipbuilders, equipment suppliers, shipowners, surveyors and service engineers.

EU halts HHI-DSME merger probe 

The long awaited HHI-DSME merger has been halted after EU antitrust regulators commenced their investigation in late 2019, waiting for both shipbuilding companies to provide the information missing. 

Japan’s two largest shipbuilders to form joint venture

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), the two largest shipbuilders in Japan, announced Friday a final agreement for the establishment of the joint venture company, starting from October 2020.

Fincantieri ceases operations due to COVID-19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Italian-based company, Fincantieri announced that suspends its operations for at least 14 days, to avoid the spread of the disease in its shipyards.

Nauticor, Fassmer join forces for LNG newbuilding, retrofitting projects

Nauticor, Germany-based LNG supplier, entered into a cooperation with manufacturer of special purpose vessels Fr. Fassmer, in newbuilding and retrofitting projects for ships with LNG engines. The two partners aim to generate synergy effects for the commissioning of newbuild or retrofitted vessels, which have been equipped with LNG engines and the respective system components.

Rauma lays keel for Wasaline LNG ferry

A ceremony was conducted in celebration of the keel laying of Rauma Marine Constructions’ newbuilding, NB6002 for Wasaline, on Thursday February 13 at the Rauma shipyard. The new ferry will be the first ever RoPax ferry with a Clean Design class notation. The vessel will have a hybrid power generation system, as well as an electric propulsion system rarely used in car and passenger ferries. 

Chinese shipyards may delay deliveries due to coronavirus

Following the coronavirus outbreak, major shipyards in China have started operations, however some of the largest private shipyards in the region still remain closed, according to the news agency Xinhua. In light of the situation, delivery delays are expected even from the most vital shipbuilders.

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